MCA MCA-1693 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
1980's "Gaucho" was Steely Dan's final album before embarking on their 20-year sabbatical from recording together again.
The recording of "Gaucho" was long & laborious, and one particularly treasured song, "The Second Arrangement," was tragically lost, having been accidentally erased by a careless engineer. That Becker & Fagen finally finished the album despite all of the behind-the-scenes problems must be considered a great miracle. Just seven tracks long, "Gaucho" is easily the lightest, most laid-back album in Steely Dan's catalog, but that certainly doesn't make it bad.
It's a wonderful, handsome disc, filled with the fine quality jazz/pop & production skills that the Dan are famous for. "Babylon Sisters" is a fine, slow & steady shuffler. "Hey Nineteen," the big hit from the album, is a bouncy, sparkly tune, and "Glamour Profession" is very groovy. The title song is more laid-back, but has marvelous melody to it. "Time Out Of Mind," the closest Steely Dan get to "rocking out" on this album, is a terrific toe-tapper, and arguably the best tune from the album. "My Rival" is a cool smooth-groover, and the finale, "Third World Man," with it's feeling of calm, is a tranquil, peaceful gem for Walt & Don to exit with. Thankfully, "Gaucho" was NOT the last we'd ever see from Steely Dan.
Gaucho, released in 1980, was Steely Dan's last until the release of Two Against Nature twenty years later. The album has all the Steely Dan trademarks: impeccable production, cynical and venemous lyrics and undeniably catchy songs. "Babylon Sisters" opens the album with silky aplomb and is wonderfully anchored by the classics "Hey Nineteen" rds.
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Heavyweight 180 Gram Vinyl
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1. Babylon Sisters
2. Hey Nineteen
3. Glamour Profession
5. Time Out Of Mind
6. My Rival
7. Third World Man